The tallgrass prairie is one of the most endangered ecosystems in North America. Prescribed burning, the practice of planning and conducting a burn to achieve pre-identified management objectives, was practiced by Native Americans prior to European settlement. Modern grassland managers also burn, using a blend of ecosystem science and practical management to maintain the expansive landscapes of the Great Plains.
Information on the Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan can be found at https://www.ksfire.org. And additional resources are at https://gpfirescience.org.